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By Dr Lindh

The Latest Tooth Replacement Techniques

Do you need replacements for more than one or two teeth? You may have heard that dental implants are one of the best options for tooth replacement, but figured that they weren’t affordable because you have to replace multiple teeth. I have some good news. Because we want to provide the best options for our patients, we have invested in developing expertise in one of the best tooth-replacement choices available. This remarkable technique is called All-On-4. It allows us to offer many of the benefits of dental implant technology without the cost of implants for every tooth. The name comes from the fact that all of the teeth can be supported on four dental implants. An All-On-4 procedure combines implants with either dentures or bridges.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tiny screw that’s surgically implanted into the bone, acting as a replacement for the root of the missing tooth. This titanium screw bonds with your natural bone. This ability to fuse with your jawbone, creating a strong, long-lasting foundation, is unique to implants . It also prevents further deterioration of the bone around the area that housed tooth. With good reason, implants are frequently described as the next best thing to real teeth.

How does an All-On-4 implant-supported bridge work?

After the implants are placed and the area has healed, small connectors are attached to the implants. After the bridge has been created, it’s attached to these connectors and secured by small screws. With the All-On-4 technique, implants are not required for every missing tooth. Read more about the advantages of All-on-4 implant-supported bridge compared with a conventional bridge.

How does an All-On-4 implant-supported denture work?

A denture is a removable replacement for teeth that is custom-made for each patient.
A dental arch refers to the complete, curved row of teeth on the upper and lower part of your mouth. With All-On-4 technology, we’re able to support a denture for the full lower arch with only four implants. We can do the same for an upper arch with four to six implants.
For an upper arch, with the All-On-4 procedure, two implants are inserted at the front of the arch near the former location of your front teeth. The other two implants are placed at a 45° angle tilting toward the back of your mouth. Then, with special attachments, the denture can clip onto the dental implants.
There are some advantages of having All on 4 procedures over regular dentures. You can read more here about these advantages.
If you’d like to learn more about All-on-4 implant-supported dentures or bridges, or discuss all of your options for tooth replacement with Dr. Lindh, please contact our Plantation, FL office by calling us at (954) 581-0100 or emailing us at

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